Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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88
very good

142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 75 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 04-29-2006

Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer's decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale's aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and fresh-crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.
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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 436
Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer had one of the best mouth feels I can remember, perfect amount of sweetness to balance the fairly chewy, rich feel. Just the right amount of funk to align with the Belgian standards. (192 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very delicious, focused balance of flavours. Smells and tastes like a bright, peppery, and slightly acidic Belgian pale at first but once the alcohol kicks in it drives through an acidic and vivid array of Chardonnay flavours on the long finish. A little pricey but for a good cause this is well worth picking up a bottle. My only criticism is the spicy phenols overwhelm some of the more subtle/bright flavours. (412 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/27...served on tap. Pours pale gold with light foam. Mild beer smell, nothing noteworthy. Taste is funky and with load of savignon blanc flavors. Tastes like white wine with a hop bite. Very creative. (202 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

On tap at Cask and Vine while enjoying the company of Todd the Hoople.
Lightly hazy deep straw with hints of wine yellow if that makes any sense. Fruity earthy spicy aromas and flavor. Interesting brew a bit outside of the box. I enjoyed this more than its counterpart. (269 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stunning dark golden color with just a faint haze. The aroma is muted but smells vaguely of yeast and lees. The flavor has a lot of grape to it, subtle floral elements and a Belgian yeast funk. Alcohol is kept at bay for the most part, and this is a refreshing option. Full bodied, well carbonated feel with a slight dryness. Overall, this is a good ale but seems to lack direction in the smell and taste. (418 characters)

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance- A light orange with a small, egg white head that retains well. Medium carbonation.

Aroma- A great balance of sweet white wine and belgian yeast funk. Subtle but beautifully complex.

Taste- Sweet white grape flavors in the forefront but not at all overwhelming. Great yeast and slightly hoppy profile to balance the sweetness of the grapes.

Mouthfeel- Light and smooth. Sweetness lingers like a wine.

Overall- A phenomenal beer. The presence of the grapes is immediately noticeable, but yet not overwhelming, in every aspect of the beer. A great use of subtle yeast and hop profiles to compliment the grape flavors in the forefront. (650 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Fruity light grape nose with a touch of biscuit and alcohol.
Hazy peach tinted gold under a 2" moussey white foam cap, persistent, lacy.
Palate begins with grainy malt, bread, biscuit light fruits, light grape finished with a light hop bitter accent.
Very smooth creamy medium body with medium high very finely bubbled carbonation. (333 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's in Cornelius, North Cackalacky.

Damn fine beer - looks great in the glass, billowing head and thick creamy lacing. There's just the perfect amount of funk to the nose and taste, wonderful sweet vinegar presence as well as dark ripe fruit - plums come to mind. Creamy mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer that would appeal to most anyone, great entry to sours for the novice and enough complexity for the purist. Wonderful brew. (450 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the greatest craft bar in Maryland of Always Ron's in Hagerstown Maryland.

Very pale like a witbier with billowing head. Has a little funky/barnyard smell but overall the scents are subtle. It has a very well balanced taste profile. You get a touch of sour, some funk, a little sweetness, a little booziness and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Overall its an easy drinking 9% brew and has alot going on. It didn't quite give me the WOW factor but its definitely at that level just on the cusp of a world class brew but not quite there. Allagash makes another very solid / outstanding beer. (621 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at beer pairing dinner, reviewed from notes.

Apearance - slightly hazy, golden yellow color. Half inch of fluffy white head.

Aroma - strong white grape aroma, a little grassy. Breadiness and yeast character takes a back seat - this serving, the grape was dominant.

Taste - followed the aroma. Very grape forward, very sweet, almost candy-like.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, very drying on the finish.

Overall, I felt the grape was far too prominent and the beer was far too sweet. This combination just didn't work well for my tastes. It is well-made, but not one I have to have. (590 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has an aroma of white grapes, breadiness, and spice.

The flavor follows of bready qualities, spice from pepper, and a sweetness throughout. On the back, there's a blend of pears and grapes with slight tart quality on the back.

The sweetness masks the alcohol on this well, but also slightly overpowers the beer. (322 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, but bright marigold body. Fluffy white head has moderate retention and nice lace.

S - Grass, tart grapes, green olives, light wood, plantains, peach.

T - Wood, strong acrid grape skin notes, tannins, brine, dry peach.

M - Creamy, medium-full body.

O - Well crafted, but with a strange, somewhat ambivalent flavor profile. (335 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear miler light color with half a finger of white head and good retention

S - mild white wine bubblegum and muscadine

T - as it smells bubble gum wine some light sugars minimal lingering

M - medium or so between fairly drinkable and almost sipper (261 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The head is a nice fluffy white that lats quite a while. The beer itself is a nice orange and clear gold color.

Smell:
The beer has a grainy and bready smell with hints of the white grapes coming through. The grapes aren't very powerful but they certainly overpower the hops. The beer also smells of pears.

Taste:
The beer tastes as it smells but the grapes are more noticeable and blend well with the yeast and bready malt flavor. The grapes do come out more as the beer warms and blends even better with the yeast and pear tastes. The beer has a very pear aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels medium bodied but very smooth with biting carbonation. The beer leaves a particularly dry finish.

Overall:
A pretty decent and unique that I will probably pick up again if I can find it on sale. (807 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is slightly hazy with medium levels of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: White grape, pear, spice, slight cereal grain, biscuity malt, and red apple.

Taste: Spicy yeast, pale malt, white grape, pear, apple skin. Light sweetness upfront is balanced with a mild bitterness that lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat slick mouthfeel with medium levels of slightly rough carbonation.

Overall: Very good Belgian pale ale. The grapes add some nice additional complexity without overwhelming the base beer. Worth picking up a bottle. (700 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/18/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, bananas, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of citrus, caramel and bananas. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s some spice in the background along with a decent hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid and flavorful Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time. (867 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light to medium golden yellow to apricot in color with light amounts fo visible carbonation and some apricot + peach highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium thin patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter notes of peach, apricot, and lemon. Light to moderate aromas of grapes.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with some peppery yeast and just a touch of honey-like sweetness. There are some lighter notes of fruits including citrus/lemon, peach, and apricot along with slightly stronger flavors of grapes. There is a slightly tart sweetness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is well hidden and the fruit sweetness really makes this one easy to drink. Very enjoyable and one I will happily drink again. (1,088 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright orange-gold coloring with a thin, whispy, filmy coating on the surface. Some slow carbonation throughout the body present while you drink. Aromas of toasted grains, sweet and tart grape, and some berry sweet and bubblegum from the Belgian yeast. Flavors are light and effervescent from the crisp body and carbonation. Toasty grain backbone with white wine characteristics, both in dry sweetness and booze kick. Like a dry Pinot Gris. Some of the funky character from the yeast shines through, but not much. Pretty well balanced palate, maybe slightly leaning to the dry side. The aftertaste also has the wine-like feel, with a dry, fruity grist flavoring. Dry and smooth finish, with a slight sweet and tart linger. Interesting and unique beer. (832 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2009 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big white grape, grape skin, pear, apple, honey, floral, apricot, grass, herbal earthiness, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt notes and yeast esters. Taste of big white grape, pear, apple, apricot, honey, floral, grass, herbal earthiness, light pepper, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal earthiness, light funk, and white wine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. Great flavor balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,280 characters)

Photo of mgironta
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured with a barely there white head on a clear, yellow body. Mild carbonation was visible in the body. The nose had a hint of tartness, and this is where the chardonnay grapes became apparent. On the taste, it definitely had a lot of Belgian yeast to it, which was quite tasty. The grapes were also very apparent in the taste, but not cloying or overly sweet. The sweetness was just enough to be pleasant. The mild carbonation really complemented the lighter than expected body. I also got hints of pear and apricot as I sipped more on the brew. The finish was quick and sweet. What also surprised me was how high the booze was on this bad boy. It was completely and totally hidden. I would definitely have this beer again! (735 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage. 750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at a Whole Foods in Pasadena and served into a Uinta brewing pilsener glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, though Interlude did disappoint me recently.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with an almond croissant.

A satisfying pop accompanied the opening.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, fair cream, okay thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh biscuity yeast, clean malts, pleasant floral hopping, light lemon, and some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Honey, some cream, a clean malt foundation, floral hops, some light citrus hop character, light lemon, biscuity yeast, clove, and clean barley. Not as complex or subtle as expected. Allagash ought to do better, but I do like it. It's good, but it's far from great. Balanced but underwhelming.

Mf: Smooth and wet. The smoothness in particular really aids the flavour profile. Good thickness, but not ideal. Adequate carbonation. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not quite the quality I've come to expect of Allagash. This is far from their best brew. I like it, but it isn't great. Age might help it a little, but won't really upscale it. It's quite pricey for what it is.

B- (1,590 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Leftovers from an Allagash event apparently. Copper-amber color, thick white head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of white grapes, light lemony zest, pale malts. Elements of the aroma appeared in the taste naturally, white wine, toasty bread, pithy citrus, apple skins, subtly tart, and a touch of peppery spice, dry cardboardy malts. Medium body, slightly chewy, decent and quite drinkable, but a bit bland overall. (497 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter type glass.

A: Golden liquid with a beautiful hue of orange, layered by a robust but short-lived head of white. Lacing is minimal to non-existant, while the head fades into a tiny collar.

S: Soft fruit is the first scent, white grapes for sure. A touch of citrus, and a nice yeasty funk. Really mild overall, and on the simple side

T: A delicate fruit sweetness is twisted into that golden tripel flavor. The light sweetness is funny in that it is not a strong flavor, but still manages to dominate the palate. Very mild spice flavor, mixed with the classic Allagash yeast flavor.

M: Silky smooth medium body, coating the tounge nicely until it moves down and leaves behind a sharp tingle of strong carbonation.

O: Delicious. Interesting and complex, with a simple dominating chardonnay grape presence. Pairs amazingly with cheese. I took home 5 bottles from the brewery, so you can say I like it! (944 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the white wine notes, with some nice orange and other tropical fruit notes coming through. The flavor is more of the same. I get some biscuit and wheat notes, as well as some orange and chardonnay grape notes. There is a lot of fruit in the beer, and a decent amount of sweetness and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. (464 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - copperish yellow; no head

S - winy, buttery

T - winy, buttery, a bit bitter, white grapes

M - viscous, smooth, warm, little carbonation

This definitely leans more towards the wine side but is a solid offering nonetheless. If you're a white wine fan this is for you. (304 characters)

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.